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Degrees and Majors Offered

All degrees and majors except Nursing are available through the Day Campus. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are available through the Evening Campus as well.

Associate in Arts

Associate in General Studies

Associate in Science in:
Business Administration*
Computer Information Systems*
Criminal Justice Administration*
Nursing (Evening Campus Only)*

Bachelor of Arts with majors in:
Art
   Areas of Emphasis
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Photography
Business Administration*
   Majors:
  • Accounting*
  • Financial Services*
  • International Business*
  • Management*
  • Marketing*
   Areas of Emphasis
  • Management Information Systems*
Criminal Justice Administration*
Education
English*
History*
Natural Sciences
   Areas of Emphasis
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health-Related Areas
Political Science*
Psychology*
Sociology*

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies*

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in
Art

Bachelor of Science with majors in:
Art
   Areas of Emphasis
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Business Administration*
   Majors:
  • Accounting*
  • Financial Services*
  • International Business*
  • Management*
  • Marketing*
   Areas of Emphasis
  • Management Information Systems*
Computer Information Systems*
Computer Science*
Criminal Justice Administration*
Forensic Science*
Mathematics
Natural Sciences
   Areas of Emphasis
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Bachelor of Social Work*

Bachelor's with Distinction
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction*
Bachelor of Science with Distinction*
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction
Bachelor of Social Work with Distinction*

Academic Departments of the College

Academic instruction is offered by faculty in eight academic departments:

Art
Business Administration
Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Criminal Justice Administration and Social Work
Education
History and Social Sciences
Humanities
Science

Declaration of Major

Students are required to declare officially a major in the Evaluations Office during the semester in which 48 to 60 semester hours are scheduled for completion.

The Evaluations Office completes degree checklists at 60 and 90 semester hours for use in academic advising.

Students interested in less specialization within a major, a broad, general baccalaureate education, or more than one major should select the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students who prefer to engage in extensive specialization in one subject area are advised to elect the Bachelor of Science degree.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Social Work degrees are specialized degrees designed specifically for students in art (BFA) and social work (BSW).

All majors require students to successfully complete a culminating educational experience in the form of a final capstone course, prior to graduation.

Double Major

A double major is defined as a single degree with two majors. A double major may be earned if requirements for both declared majors are completed. No additional residency requirement is required. Majors, minors, emphases and concentrations may not be added to an already earned degree.

Dual Degrees

A student wishing to earn a second baccalaureate degree at Columbia College must complete all the requirements for both degrees including at least 24 additional semester hours in residence beyond the requirements for the first degree, for a total of 144 completed hours. A second Associate degree requires 15 additional semester hours in residence beyond the requirements for the first degree, for a total of 75 completed hours. ("In residence" in this context means credits earned through Columbia College courses.). Majors, minors, emphases and concentrations may not be added to an already earned degree.

Minors

A minor is defined as a course of study of at least 18 semester hours outside the student's major.

Academic minors may be earned in disciplines as specified by the department faculty. Requirements are a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for 18 semester hours. Courses for the minor may also meet general education or major requirements, and at least 9 of the 18 semester hours must be earned in Columbia College coursework. (Transfer courses equivalent to courses designated are accepted toward the minor.)

Students must (1) obtain approval of the minor from an academic advisor and (2) declare the minor before having earned 60 semester hours, after which the College does not assure that a minor can be earned.

Majors, minors, emphases and concentrations may not be added to an already earned degree.

Specific requirements for minors:

ACCOUNTING: ACCT 280 Accounting I, ACCT 281 Accounting II; and 12 upper-level semester hours of courses with an ACCT field code or ACCT 280, ACCT 281, FINC 396 Corporate Finance, and 9 upper-level semester hours of courses with an ACCT field code.

ART (STUDIO): Art Principles (101), Drawing (120); Painting (130); 9 additional semester hours of Studio Art courses. Studio art courses are those (such as painting, graphic design, photography, printmaking, and ceramics) in which students produce a product. Such courses contrast with, for example, those concerning the history or appreciation of art.

ART (HISTORY): Eighteen hours of art history courses, including at least 9 semester hours in courses above the 200 level in Art History.

BIOLOGY: Eighteen semester hours of biology courses at the 110 level and above including at least 8 semester hours of 300- or 400-level coursework.

BUSINESS: Eighteen semester hours of courses including coursework in at least four of the business field codes (ACCT, CISS, ECON, FINC, MGMT, MKTG). Twelve of the 18 hours must be upper level.

CHEMISTRY: Eighteen semester hours of chemistry courses at the level of 110 and above including at least 8 hours of 300-level or above coursework.

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS: CISS 170 Introduction to Computer Information Systems and 15 additional semester hours of courses with a CISS field code, including at least one programming language course.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION: CJAD 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration; CJAD 415 Criminal Procedures; a three-semester hour course with a CJAD field code selected from either the CJ Administration core course requirements or CJAD course electives; 9 additional semester hours selected from the Bachelor of Arts degree in CJ Administration core requirements.

EDUCATION: Eighteen semester hours of courses with an EDUC field code OR a three-semester-hour psychology course that is required in the education certification sequence and 15 semester hours of courses with an EDUC field code.

ENGLISH: Eighteen semester hours of English courses excluding ENGL 111 English Composition I and below. Six semester hours must be 300- or 400-level ENGL courses.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: The Environmental Studies Program is designed to increase ecological literacy and environmental awareness by providing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of relationships between humans, their societies, and the environment. Students earning a minor in Environmental Studies will gain insight into and a broad understanding of environmental issues, preparing them for graduate programs, career choices and informed citizenry.

 
A. Required Courses 9 hrs
ENVS/BIOL 115 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3 hrs
ENVS/BIOL 115L Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory 2 hrs
ENVS 272 Introduction to Environmental Literature 3 hrs
ENVS 390 Env. Seminar/Culminating Experience 1 hr
B. Electives 9 hrs
One course must be selected from each of the areas listed below.
Human Culture Perspective (3 hours)
ENGL 360 Readings in the Novel: Environmental Novels 3 hrs
ENVS/EDUC 372 Environmental Education 3 hrs
ENVS/ENGL 346 Env. Issues in Native American Lit. 3 hrs
ENVS/HIST 352 American Environmental History 3 hrs
HIST/PHIL 303 History and Philosophy of Modern Science 3 hrs
Policy Perspective (3 hours)
ENVS/GEOG 251 Resource Management 3 hrs
ENVS/ECON 310 Environmental and Resource Economics 3 hrs
ENVS/POSC 312 Environmental Politics 3 hrs
POSC/MGMT 311 Public Administration and Policy 3 hrs
Science Perspective (3 hours)
CHEM 330 Environmental Chemistry 3 hrs
ENVS/GEOG 220 Introduction to Atmospheric Science 3 hrs
ENVS/GEOG 223 Environmental Hazards 3 hrs
SOCI/BIOL 280 Social Biology 3 hrs

ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES:
A. Required Courses 6 hrs
Chosen from the following 9 hours
RELI 101 Religion and Human Experience 3 hrs
PHIL 201 Introduction to Western Philosophy 3 hrs
PHIL/RELI 202 Introduction to Eastern Philosophies and Religions 3 hrs
B. Electives - Group I 3 hrs
Chosen from the following 13-15 hours
PHIL 210 Logic 3 hrs
PHIL/HIST 303 History & Philosophy of Modern Science 3 hrs
PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs
RELI 201 Comparative Religion 3 hrs
RELI 233 Topics 3 hrs
C. Electives - Group II 9 hrs
Chosen from the following 15 hours
PHIL/RELI 350 Philosophy of Religion 3 hrs
PHIL/POSC 400 Political Philosophy 3 hrs
PHIL/HIST 340 Philosophy of Revolution 3 hrs
PHIL 433 Topics 3 hrs
RELI 433 Topics 3 hrs

FINANCE: ACCT 280 Accounting I and ACCT 281 II, FINC 350 Business Finance, and 9 additional semester hours of courses with a FINC field code or ACCT 280, ACCT 281, ACCT 386 Managerial and Cost Accounting, FINC 350 Business Finance, and 6 additional semester hours of courses with a FINC field code.

GEOGRAPHY: Eighteen semester hours of geography courses, of which 3 hours may be counted from GEOL 110 or ENVS/PHYS 220 or ENVS/BIOL 115.

GEOLOGY: Eighteen semester hours of geology courses at the level of 110 and above including at least 8 semester hours of 300- or 400-level coursework.

HISTORY: Eighteen semester hours of history courses including HIST 121 American History to 1877 or HIST 122 American History Since 1877; HIST 101 Western Civilization I or HIST 102 Western Civilization II; plus 12 additional semester hours of coursework at the 200 level or above.

MANAGEMENT: Eighteen semester hours (12 of which must be upper level) of courses with a MGMT field code including MGMT 330 Principles of Management and MGMT 393 Business Information Systems.

MARKETING: Eighteen semester hours of courses with a MKTG field code including MKTG 310 Principles of Marketing. Twelve of the eighteen hours must be upper level.

MATHEMATICS: Eighteen semester hours of mathematics courses at the level of 180 and above including MATH 201 and MATH 222 and at least 6 semester hours of 300- or 400- level coursework.

MUSIC: Eighteen semester hours, 9 of which must be selected from MUSI 102 Music Fundamentals, MUSI 122 Music Appreciation, MUSI 322 Masterpieces of Music, and MUSI 323 Music of the United States, plus 6-9 hours of Ensemble and Applied Music, (3-6 hours of private lessons).

PHYSICS: Eighteen semester hours of physics courses at the level of 110 and above including at least 8 semester hours of 300- or 400-level coursework.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Eighteen semester hours of political science courses including POSC 111 American National Government and POSC 215 State and Local Government plus 12 additional semester hours of coursework above the 100 level.

PSYCHOLOGY: Eighteen semester hours of courses with a PSYC field code.

SOCIOLOGY: Eighteen semester hours of courses with a SOCI field code.

SPANISH: Eighteen semester hours of courses with a SPAN field code.

In some curricular areas, the College offers courses totaling fewer than 18 semester hours. In these areas and with the advisor's approval, students may earn additional semester hours through transfer credit and/or enrollment (through cross-enrollment) with the University of Missouri-Columbia and/or Stephens College (see chapter on Special Academic Programs) so the total semester hours earned are at least 18.

Emphases and Concentrations

An emphasis is defined as a course of study of at least 18 semester hours within the student's major. A concentration is a course of study of at least 24 semester hours that is part of a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Normally, at least 12 semester hours in an emphasis or a concentration must be in upper-level courses. These 12 hours within a concentration must be in a subject area in which Columbia College does not offer a major. Moreover, 6 of these 12 upper-level hours must be from Columbia College, with a total of 12 of the 24 hours in a concentration being Columbia College courses.

Majors, minors, emphases and concentrations may not be added to an already earned degree.

Emphases and concentrations may be selected only from disciplines that are named in the course listing in this catalog.

Information on emphases and concentrations is included in the following pages with the requirements for specific baccalaureate programs.
Characteristic Minor Emphasis Concentration
# semester hours 18 hours 18 hours 24 hours
Upper-level courses varies with program 12 hrs 12 hrs in subject in which Columbia College does not offer a major
Columbia College credits 9 hrs varies with program 12 hrs, with at least 6 hrs in upper-level courses
Relation to major outside major within major Within BA in General Studies degree only

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